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Lake Barrea was created in the Parco Nazionale d'Abruzzo following damming of the river Sangro.Numerous excursions start at lake Barrea, including some accompanied by guides, walking up into the mountains to discover the Park's extensive fauna and flora.
The biodiversity of Abruzzo National Park, whose flora is so rich and varied, is echoed in its fauna: the Abruzzo chamois whose horn size and coat colour make it a separate species of approximately 500 specimens.
Nature Reserve Valle dell'Orta
The Orta Valley is located between the Morrone and Majella chains. The most striking element is its great limestone canyon, dug out by the river and surrounded by woods that are a habitat for many species of plant life.
Hermitage of Sant'Onofrio al Marrone
Sant'Onofrio al Morrone is the most famous of St Celestine's hermitages, known for its spectacular position, hugging the slopes of Mount Morrone, an outright eagle's nest overlooking the Valle Peligna.
Monte Marsicano
The main points of the vast system of interior basins and highlands include: the Fucino plateau, in Marsica, derived from the draining of what was Italy’s second biggest lake in 1877.
Lake of Barrea – National Park of Abruzzo
Lake Barrea is surely the most visited area in the Parco Nazionale d’Abruzzo, and Villetta Barrea has concentrated its tourism in the direction of nature conservation. The Camosciara is the central core.
Roccascalegna, whose grim rock is the foundation for one of Abruzzo's most spectacular castles, now is the scenario for many summer and traditional events.
The seaside resort of Montesilvano stretches along the coast, south of the mouth of the Saline, and is one of the most popular and busy in all Abruzzo, especially for its ease of access and the countless cultural and recreational features offered by nearby Pescara.
Majella, sources of the Alento
Mount Majella, bound to the Morrone massif, soars over the lands of Abruzzo, between the sea and the Apennine chain: local people have always called it their "mother mountain".

Mountains in Summer


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THE THOUSAND TRACKS of the Abruzzo moutains

Inland Abruzzo, in other words the mountainous area, considering that 75% of regional territory lies over 700 metres in altitude, is certainly the most extraordinary and best preserved, with its many ancient hilltop villages and castles, medieval abbeys, unique food and culinary traditions, and its calendar of folklore and ancient traditions. As summer rolls in and the snows have all melted, the startling green of the beech forests and endless pastures make Abruzzo's mountains truly irresistible.

The luxuriant flourish of nature paints the entire region with ripe splendour: the greenest woods and meadows in the slopes; mountain lakes at Campotosto, Scanno, Barrea, Bomba, Casoli and Penne; karst caves that make the slopes so distinctive; rolling plateaux dotted with pasturing cattle and sheep; the sweep of a countryside that bears no trace of steep, brooding mountain slopes; the sparkling fresh air ; the marvellous state of preservation of settlements, set in timeless landscapes. All this makes the mountains of Abruzzo a very special place, which can really steal a visitor's heart. Proof lies, above all, in the huge number of “aficionados” who return every year to enjoy the beauty spots: when you fall in love with the mountains of Abruzzo, it is forever.

With a third of its territory set aside as parkland, the region not only holds a cultural and civic record for protection of the environment, but also stands as the biggest nature area in Europe: the real green heart of the Mediterranean.

One third of Abruzzo lies in a protected area: three national parks, a regional park and more than 30 nature reserves. A idealistic and tough decision by those who made the environment their resource and will project Abruzzo into a major and leading role in “green tourism.”

Overall, most of this legacy – but not all – is to be found in the mountains, where the landscapes and ecosystems change according to altitude, shifting from typically Mediterranean milieus to outright alpine scenarios, with mugo pine groves and high-altitude steppe. Abruzzo's mighty mountain system stretches to just a few dozen kilometres from the coast, with the taller peaks ranged behind like a spectacular balcony; the rest of the territory is occupied by hilly buttresses that gently slope down towards the sea. The narrow coastal strip, with the terminals of the river valleys, are the only low-altitude plains in the region.

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